ARM and TSMC work on first finfet processors
TSMC and ARM have extended their chip making technology collaboration beyond 20nm technology to deliver ARM processors on finfet transistors.
The first ARM processor to use finfet transistors will be the 64-bit ARM processors based on the ARMv8 architecture.
TSMC will use the ARM processors and technology to benchmark and tune advanced finfet process technologies.
The use of finfet transistors is expected to offer speed and power improvements as well as leakage reduction.
“By working closely with TSMC, we are able to leverage TSMC’s ability to quickly ramp volume production of highly integrated SoCs in advanced silicon process technology,” said Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager, Processor and Physical IP Divisions, ARM.
“The ongoing deep collaboration with TSMC provides customers earlier access to finfet technology to bring high-performance, power-efficient products to market.”
The ARMv8 architecture is aimed at high-end mobile, enterprise and server applications. The 64-bit architecture has been designed specifically to enable energy-efficient implementations.
Similarly, the 64-bit memory addressing and high-end performance are necessary to enable enterprise computing and network infrastructure that are fundamental for the mobile and cloud-computing markets.
The two firms will share technical information to drive the development of ARM IP and TSMC finfet process technology.
“We can successfully achieve targets for high speed, low voltage and low leakage, thereby satisfying the requirements of our mutual customers and meeting their time-to-market goals,” said Cliff Hou, vice president, TSMC Research & Development.